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Primary students at risk from building collapse in Kurigram

  • Published at 06:13 pm November 12th, 2016
  • Last updated at 06:15 pm November 12th, 2016
Primary students at risk from building collapse in Kurigram
Boro Mohismuri Government Primary School under Ulipur upazila in Kurigram has developed cracks at different parts, and plasters on walls and roofs of most of the buildings were falling apart. Two beams of the building have recently collapsed and the school authorities imposed a prohibition on entry into the building and started taking classes of class V and class I under the open sky. Afia Akhter, a class V student of Boro Mohismuri Government Primary School, told UNB, "We cannot enter the classroom for fear of building collapse. Our sir takes classes on school grounds under the open sky." [caption id="attachment_31859" align="aligncenter" width="448"]Kurigram-2-UNB A school building in Kurigram that could potentially claim lives or injure students if classes are held here Photo: UNB[/caption] Acting head teacher of the school Mostafa Fazle Rabbi said there are two buildings in the school. Of them, cracks were spotted in one of the buildings that was constructed in 1995-1996. Teachers of Mojiran Nesa Government Primary School in Rajarhat upazila are taking classes in a one-storey building despite risks. Kurigram district Primary Education Officer Enamul Haque said, "We've got a list of 139 hazardous school buildings where students are being taught by teachers under open sky." The buildings at risk include 35 in Ulipur upazila, three in Sadar, 29 in Nageshwari, 10 in Fulbari, 29 in Bhurangamari, 12 in Rajarhat and 21 in Roumari upazilas. However, there are no unsafe buildings in Chilmari and Rajibpur upazilas. "We sent the list of the affected schools to the authorities concerned on October 13 this year," he said.